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Monday, 06 January 2014

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There is some debate about the exact way that cigar boxes came into fashion. Prior to the boxes that we see today, cigars were originally wrapped in bundles using pig and hog bladders. After that, cigars were packaged in barrels, chests, and crates - not very convenient for the average buyer.

In steps the government, and more specifically, the United States Revenue Act of 1964. This law stated that cigars must be packed in boxes. Honest Abe Lincoln stepped in a year later and added his own law, demanding that stogies be sold in bundles ranging from 25, 50, 100, and 250 cigars. Ah, the issues of the time.

Around the same time, there was a banking firm by the name of H. Upmann that would ship boxes of cigars to clients and employees in England. They chose cedar boxes for the chore, and would stamp each box with their bank's logo, so the recipients would know where they came from.

Eventually H. Upmann (as you know) went into the cigar business full-time, and soon other cigar companies started following suit.

Shortly thereafter, a man by the name of Ramon Allones began using lithography for box labels, another trend that cigar manufacturers adopted to help authenticate and set their brand apart from other cigar makers.

In 1870, the government decided that using tin for cigar boxes was acceptable. Then, in 1878, the government passed another law, allowing cigars to be packaged in novelty style boxes (we'll discuss these later) that were shaped similar to cars, buildings, and other toy-like themes.

Finally in 1910, a new law was introduced, which allowed cigar manufacturers to sell cigars in packs of 5 and 10, including both large and small sized cigars. Why the government had so much say in the regulation of cigar packaging, I'm not certain. It would certainly be interesting to find out though.






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0 # honest abeacid 4 all 2014-04-23 09:59
a couple of typos in the cigar box article and I don't think abe was around in 1964....

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